We are living in unprecedented times. The spread of COVID-19 has disrupted every aspects of our lives, including the one area we all hold near and dear to our hearts - the ability to play music together. Although the rehearsal halls are empty, and the stages are bare from cancelled performances, it is important to remember that we must all do our part towards reducing the risk of contracting the virus by following the best practices as recommended buy our public health professionals, and government agencies.
As musicians, we understand the impact this pandemic will have in our own music communities, especially for those who earn a living teaching and performing. However, I am continually astonished by our resilience and creativity in finding new ways to share our music and make these times a little more bearable! A quick search on social media will populate copious amounts of new recordings, free concerts, virtual ensemble opportunities by amateur and professional ensembles alike. This is, after all, what we do as musicians. We listen, we collaborate, we create, and bring joy through our music.
When exactly rehearsals will be considered safe to resume, and under what conditions are still very much unknown. For musicians, adhering to the provincial 10 person gathering limit is not enough assurance to provide your players with a safe environment, nor is the implementation of PPE possible for every instrument. What do can we do then?
We at CBA-Ontario encourage all of our members to become properly informed by closely following legitimate resources pertaining to medical and scientific research studies. To assist you, we have compiled a list of resources that will help you in your decisions.
Centeres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
ONTARIO MUSIC EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION:
Guidance for music classes (includes details for teachers/administrators): COVID-19 RESPONSE AND RESOURCES
"In It Together" Sessions - https://www.onband.ca/inittogether
RESEARCH & SAFTEYMUSICIAN & AUDIENCE HEALTH AND SAFTEY
National Federation of State High School Associations:
FAQs for Canadian Registered Charities and Non-Profit Organizations (COVID-19)List of blog posts and articles about charities/non-profits and COVID-19.